WINDHOEK: Justice Minister Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana has called on the eight opposition political parties who challenged the validity of the 2009 general election results, to accept defeat.
Iivula-Ithana, who is also the Secretary-General (SG) of the Swapo-Party, made this ministerial statement in Parliament on Thursday.
The Supreme Court of Namibia on Thursday dismissed an appeal by eight opposition political parties challenging the validity of the outcome and results of the 2009 National Assembly elections.
Nine parties originally launched the appeal, but one party, the Namibian Democratic Movement for Change (NDMC) of Joseph /Goagoseb, withdrew from the election challenge after /Goagoseb disbanded the party and joined forces with the Swapo-Party.
The case was dismissed in a judgement delivered by Chief Justice Peter Shivute with costs, in which both the appellants and the respondents were ordered to jointly foot the legal bills of each others’ lawyers and instructing attorneys.
“I would like to offer my condolences to the eight opposition political parties represented here in Parliament. The cloud of disinformation and character assassination that has been hovering over Namibia for the last almost three years has been lifted,” Iivula-Ithana started with her statement.
She said the opposition parties accused the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) and the ruling party of fraudulently winning the National Assembly Elections of 2009.
Iivula-Ithana said the parties further accused Swapo of stuffing ballot boxes with ballot papers in order to boost the number of votes for the party.
“That was proved impossible to have happened under the circumstances that the judge analysed chronologically and justly. All the facts were placed on the table that the ballot boxes were under the care of the police and were overseen by the party agents,” she explained.
Iivula-Ithana then congratulated the judicial system of the country.
“Our democracy is working, and those that were defeated were defeated clearly and fairly. Thus they must accept the defeat. Let us uphold our democracy and let us trust our institutions,” the Swapo SG urged.